ii) Policy issues arising from:
So this means that the Joint Committee are not legally authorised to examine the Bill, despite the Joint Committee minutes from December 6th 2016 claiming that they could. I understand that Bríd Smith TD challenged the Chair of the Joint Committee about this on Tuesday at the Joint Committee meeting but was told that this is a policy issue and that we have to move on. It now appears that there is now a well-orchestrated campaign under way to turn an unconditional ban on fracking (decision taken October 27th 2016) into a conditional ban on with fracking, which will then become dependent on the outcome of the so-called EPA UGEE ‘Research’.
Minutes (via Leinster House) 6 DECEMBER 2016
Minutes of JOC meeting on Dec 60001
Full recording JOINT COMMITTEE MEETING 31 JAN 2017 :http://www.oireachtas.ie/viewdoc.asp?DocID=34477&&CatID=127